What is standard, optional or a green upgrade when buying a new home?
Before entering into a new home purchase transaction, you need to ask the builder to define what features are standard, what the standard options are, and what upgrades are available, especially green upgrades. Answers can be confusing and sometimes vague. This is the time to pull out a notebook and write everything down, repeat what you have recorded back to the builder, and get confirmation of the facts.
Let’s start with the standard features. When a builder quotes a price for a home, it might only include basic features. This is why they refer to it as the base price. You need to ask to see the list of features that are included in the base price. Then you need to physically look, touch and feel them to make sure that they are going to be acceptable to you, while making a note of those that are not.
Next, you need to ask to see the list of upgrades that are available together with samples for you to view. This is usually made possible via the builder’s design center where all upgrades should be on display.